Yesterday I read a great article from Martin Samuel, a journalist with the Daily Mail. In his piece he challenges Sepp Blatter‘s view that everything bad in football these days can be traced back to the English Premier League.
As I read the article I found myself saying ‘Yes! Yes! Yes!’ all the way through and not in homage to Meg Ryan in ‘When Harry Met Sally’. It’s about time this topic was discussed – he dug into the facts and presented them eloquently which leaves little room for argument.
Blatter needs to be sat down and forced to read this article then not allowed to leave the table before he admits that you can’t solely use the English game as being all that is bad in football. He simply cannot make such rash genaralisations though I have to admit I’m not surprised. He and Michel Platini have such venom towards the Premier League it’s just sickening. Jealousy perhaps?
True, we do have problems in the game here in terms of bringing English players through, but the English League and the country as a whole are ivery unusual country in their make up. We have Great Britain and the United Kingdom but the four countries have their own identity too. Even though the Republic of Ireland is a separate entity, many of its stars cannot help be part of the British sporting system either to some extent.
We were late to international transfers and foreign managers and scandals were far more prevalent elsewhere than here for many years. I remember the surprise of Josef Venglos being appointed manager at Aston Villa and that was as recent as 1990. We also haven’t gone down the naturalisation of foreigners path like some and I don’t believe we ever should.